Looks dry to me. You can try this on it. I have this and put it on my rosewood fretboard guitars.
Lemon Oil - https://www.amazon.com/Jim-Dunlop-6554-Ultimate-Lemon/dp/B0002OOMW6
You can avoid messing around with your guitar by using "rubber washer" strap locks. They're pretty decent. Buy a reputable brand (Fender, Dunlop, etc...).
An even better option that the washers are these little guys:
Yeah, i got you bro. It's on amazon and it was cheap. Everything lined up perfectly. Any color you want, too.
One issue, the screws it came with were a bit longer than my stock screws... so I just kept the stock screws.
My buddy and I brew beer and that is what I noticed. Our swing top bottle seals are perfect strap locks. And they are dirt cheap!
If you have 20 guitars with straps this will cover you!
I made a diy one for about $200
For gloss finishes, this stuff is far and away better than anything I’ve ever used. It actually makes the finish shine again. Can’t recommend enough. Plus it smells nice! Don’t use this on Strats on the pickguard near the knobs, it dissolves the paint in the numbers in the knobs on Strats. On my gibsons and bodies of my fenders this is the only stuff I’ll use.
MusicNomad MN103 Guitar ONE All-in-1 Cleaner, Polish, and Wax, 4 oz. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003TLSN74/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_S8XVTE4N3PRHVN4WPH2Q
If it sticks up beyond the surface at all these will get it https://www.amazon.com/VAMPLIERS-Linemans-Extraction-Specialty-Extractions/dp/B00LMOAYR2/ref=sr\_1\_6?crid=2ZKHTQF59UGRE&keywords=vampliers&qid=1643917724&sprefix=vampliers%2Caps%2C142&sr=8-6&th=1
My Les Pail is about a pound lighter and I use this strap. It is super well made and comfy.
Levi's 3" Guitar Strap
10s refer to the smallest string being .010 and that usually means the largest is around .046. Often they are referred to as 10-46. This is an electric guitar size of strings, but should be plenty safe for your old classic.
D'Addario EXL110-3D Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings, Regular Light, 10-46.
If you find those too light for your taste, move up to 12s - 12-53 perhaps like this:
D’Addario EJ16-3D Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light Tension
One hint, change one string at a time to keep the floating bridge in place. And lightly lube the machine tuners with light oil if it hasn’t been done in decades as I expect.
This stuff worked a miracle on my nitro finished Eastman T486, with scratches that were probably way deeper than yours.
I can still see the scratches if I really look for them with the right lighting and angle, but from more than 1 foot away I can't see them.
I think knocking off the edges on those scratches with a polishing compound will go a long way.
$10 CAD will do 12 guitars... pretty fair price.
And your guitar didn’t implode? That can’t be right.
Joking aside, that’s awesome you did that. That’s how I started too. I’d recommend getting something like this. It’s pretty inexpensive and will be what you use the most for the very basic setup related stuff, like adjusting the action and the neck relief (truss rod).
Honest question. Why won’t this work: https://www.amazon.com/Musiclily-Bottom-Slotted-Epiphone-Electric/dp/B01N031BWH/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=les+paul+nut+replacement&qid=1601940381&sprefix=les+paul+nu&sr=8-3
I ask because I fixed the neighbor kids guitar with a similar.
Sorry to hear about it my friend but it looks like a good man gave you some good advice. There is one other thing you should do tho... strap locks
best of luck!
Hey, just stumbled on this old thread, but if you're having issues still I'd take a look at Big Bends Nut Sauce! A little on both your bridge and nut should help with tuning stability.